One of the most snazziest overused term in today;s world is Cloud computing. Everyone seems to be talking about it, with references ranging from the primitive man to the latest gadget of the 22nd Century. But how many of them know is a different matter altogether. Every single company with it’s salt’s worth is hitching on to this bandwagon, proclaiming themselves to be the chosen ones.
But what exactly is this magic called the cloud? There are so many definitions out there that refer it to this and that. In simple words the cloud is nothing but the internet. And cloud computing is about software and hardware that applies to the internet. Whoa! That’s a big one. Because there are so many of them out there. Sad but true.
Imagine Sunlight. You don’t care how it comes to you. Whether by fission or fusion, Whether the ozonelayer blocks ultraviolet radiations or whether the other part of the world is slumbering in the night. All you know is that Sunlight is good and everyday it sheds its glory upon you. You take this for granted. Right! So here’s the deal.
Cloud Computing is similar to sunlight. You don’t have to know how it works. All you want is an assurance that it is going to be there. Which mean all your programs ton the internet are going to work as usual. While nobody can issue you a 100% guarantee, it does come close. Some vendors assure you as much as 99.99%. Don’t take their word for it, Test drive.
The major players are Amazon, Google and Microsoft. There are many other contenders and those filling up the gaps. I’m not going to talk about Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service or Software as a Service. Neither am I going to be talking about Private / Public / Hybrid Clouds. There are volumes written about it, Please search the internet and you’ll get tons of information.
When you think of the Cloud, think of Sunlight and remember that John Denver Song:
Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy …